Amazon Cloud Cam review roundup – It’s great for the price, but missing some features
Here’s what some of the leading tech publications have to say about the all-new Amazon Cloud Cam.
Alright, folks, the reviews are in for the all-new Amazon Cloud Cam. We’re here to round up all the best reviews and feedback regarding Amazon Cloud Cam. From the looks of it, the reviews are all positive, with a few exceptions. But with anything, you can judge for yourself.
The format is simple. We’ll outline key sections from each review in quotations, with a link pointing back to the original review for further reading. There’s no particular order, but all of the reviews sourced here are from trustworthy publications I read on a normal basis. If none of the links I provide here help you out, I’ll drop an additional link at the bottom where you can find more.
So, without any further delay, here’s what some of the best leading publications in tech have to say about the new Amazon Cloud Cam.
There isn’t much to dislike about the $120 Amazon Cloud Cam. The DIY indoor security camera is affordable, it performs well, its app is easy to use, and it offers plenty of features (free 24-hour clip storage!), even if you don’t pay for a Cloud Cam subscription. By keeping things simple, Amazon has managed to produce a superior product I heartily recommend. I do wish it had local microSD card storage, but Amazon put the full power of its AWS cloud servers behind Cloud Cam, and it works incredibly well.
Home security is clearly not Amazon’s main focus. So the big question in my mind is, will consumers choose the Cloud Cam over more dedicated providers like Canary or Ring simply because they offer an extremely competitive price? I think a lot of that depends on what Amazon does over the next year or two. If it continues to invest in the product and expand it functionality, that will help to build consumers trust in the Cloud Cam as a serious security device, not just a hardware experiment.
Amazon managed to pull off a tall task with its first security camera, outfitting it with advanced smart home and security features and making it dead simple to use. The Cloud Cam also has the potential to get smarter the more you use it: Stored video clips are reviewed using AWS cloud analytics, the company says, and over time the camera will recognize who and what are fixtures of your home and stop alerting you when your dog walks into the living room, for example.
All in all, the Amazon Cloud Cam is a safe entry for the shopping giant. It’s less expensive than its competitors, delivers good-quality video with a robust feature set and has good cloud storage options. However, with the exception of Amazon Key, there’s nothing that makes this camera stand out from others on the market. But maybe that’s all Amazon needs; its devices are there to make it easier for you to buy things; if the Cloud Cam makes it easier for you to receive the things you purchase, then it’s done its job.
There’s a lot to like about the Amazon Cloud Cam. It’s affordable, easy to set up, and works as promised. The Alexa integration feels a little half-baked right now, though, and I’d really like to see video history supported there too. Most frustrating, however, is the inability to download clips unless you’re a subscriber: that’s one of the most annoying aspects of Nest, and somewhere other rivals have a clear advantage.
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The Amazon Cloud Cam is now available for purchase retails at $119.99 via Amazon. To learn more, click here.